Victoria Records Three Deaths, 397 New Virus Cases on August 1

August 1, 2020 Updated: August 1, 2020

Victoria has recorded three more deaths from COVID-19, taking the national death toll above 200, as the state considers whether further measures are needed to contain the virus.

Another 397 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Victoria on Saturday, and while it’s a significant drop from Thursday’s peak of 723, the state has now had 116 deaths.

The deaths of a man and woman in their 80s and a woman in her 90s were linked to aged care, where 1008 cases are currently active.

There are 49 new “mystery” cases, taking suspected community transmission to nearly 2000 cases.

Victoria’s aged care facilities have been among those hardest hit by the virus, with all residents from St Basil’s at suburban Faulkner relocated to hospitals as staff were ordered into self-isolation.

Karen Sweeney in Melbourne